A young girl’s self-esteem is a fragile thing. It doesn’t take much to shatter it. This is something I know all too well. When I was in 8th grade, I made a really bad hairstyle choice. (Most of us have been there, right?) It wasn’t enough that I had to see my bad choice every day when I looked in the mirror though. That bad perm made me the target of some bullies who made my life miserable that year. Every day for that whole awful year in Science class, three nasty boys picked on me mercilessly about it, calling me names and making horrible jokes at my expense. The teacher did nothing to stop it and I literally felt sick to my stomach each day at the thought of walking into that classroom. Even though this bullying occurred over 20 years ago, it still has long-lasting effects on my self-esteem. I prefer to be a wallflower, blending into the crowd, never calling attention to myself.
So I am painfully aware of how easily a young girls’ self-esteem can be crushed and how it can affect her long into her adult years. As the mom of three girls, I know how crucial it is to build up my daughters’ self-esteem on a daily basis. I don’t want my girls to go through life always worried what about what other people might think. So I work extra hard to encourage them in their dreams and show them that they are beautiful both inside and out. I don’t want them to ever feel worthless, like I did my 8th grade year.
Did you know that 6 out of 10 girls have such anxiety about their looks that it causes them to quit a favorite activity? 6 out of 10! Does anyone else find that statistic worrisome? To help curb this trend, Kroger has partnered with Dove in the Self-Esteem Project. By the year 2015, Dove and Kroger want to help reach more than 15 million girls with their wonderful self-esteem building programs. Kroger and Dove are working with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts, and Girls Inc. to develop self-esteem programs that will encourage and help girls all over the country to reach their full potential. They feel so strongly about this that a portion of each and every purchase of Dove products at Kroger will go to help this cause. So far they have reached more than 11 million girls and are well on their way to meeting their goal.
When it comes to a young girl’s self-esteem, even the little things can make a huge difference. As a parent, one thing you can do is have a “Just Us Girls” night with your daughter(s). Whether it’s doing crafts, cooking, or having a beauty night, it is important for moms and girls to regularly have time alone to bond and help build up confidence. While you are at it, be sure to download the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit that can help you plan your girls’ fun night. It features activity suggestions that are tailored to you and daughter and are designed to help her learn that everyone is beautiful in their own way.
How else can you help? You can help spread the word about the Self-Esteem project by joining the #GirlsUnstoppable conversation online. Using that hashtag when you tweet or post to Facebook can help spread the word and reach even more girls.
It is so important to start building a girl’s self-esteem when they are young. It is never too early to make a difference in a girl’s life. I hope you will download the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit and use it with your daughter and also help spread the word. Between Dove, Kroger, and you, hopefully we can create a whole new generation of girls who looks in the mirror and loves what they see.
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Disclosure: I will be receiving compensation for this post. However, all opinions stated are my own and the Dove Self-Esteem Project is something I feel strongly about.